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for my ugly face/' Huinboldt sat for the^ painter as
often as he desired it; and when the picture was
finished and engraved, the portrait; of Humboldt was
considered to be the most faithful; and he said fre-
quently, " I have paid nothing for ray portrait, and
Isabey determined to revenge himself; he has made
a speaking likeness."
When Napoleon's return was reported at Vienna,
the most difficult questions had been decided, but the
stoppage which had entered into the              conr-
tinued. Then came the dreadful news which made
so many tremble, but not Humboldt. He rejoiced sab
the turn., and exdaimed, " IkceEeiit! now we shall
have some life/*
The treaties which had been formed were now com-
firmed^ and all the powers prepared to check Napo-
leon's further progress. Huxnboldt*s office was as
important as before, and his name plays a conspicuous
part in all histories of that period. After the signing
of the Act of Alliance^ aH the plenipotentiaries has-
tened to head-quarters or to their courts. Humboldt,
Wessenberg, and Clancarty, remained a week longer,
busied in the last works of the congress, and then
repaired to their destinations. Huinboldt repaired
first to Berlin. It had been determined that he
should not return to Vienna, but that he should fill
the post of ambassador to Paris.
On his journey home, Humboldt received the news
of the victory of Waterloo. Scarcely arrived in Berlin,,
he was summoned to the peace congresses, and left
for Paris a few days afterwards. There the king of
Prussia, and the emperors of Austria and Russia, had
also arrived ; and now a commission of representatives
of the allied powers was appointed., who were to fix
the conditions of the peace with France. Humboldt
and Hardenberg were   again  the representatives of
Humboldt and Hardenberg endeavoured to regain
all the dominions Prussia had lost in the war.,  and
others which belonged  more  to   Germany than to